Creative Pedagogies for Creative Learning Ecologies Project
September 2016 - 2017
As an independent agent in the higher education ecosystem championing the need to pay attention to students' creative development, Creative Academic is trying to facilitate new conversations about the importance of creativity in higher education teaching, learning and students' development and achievements.
We are trying to bring together and connect educational practitioners and researchers, educational development teams, networks, communities, universities and colleges who share this interest and concern for students' and teachers' creative development, through a partly planned / partly emergent programme of activities relating to creative pedagogies and creative learning ecologies.
The planned element of our project involves connecting and integrating the activities of Creative Academic, #creativeHE(b), the Greenhouse(c), the National Teaching Fellowship #pin project focused on Pedagogic Innovators(d) and Lifewide Education(e) which is developing the idea of learning ecologies.
The emergent element of the project involves a combination of open invitation to individuals and organisations to join us, together with the opportunistic strategy of contacting individuals or organisations whose work we would like to connect to our own.
In 2016 we began to develop the idea of creative ecologies and our intention is to explore and develop the idea further by linking it to creative pedagogies - the imaginative ecologies that teachers create within which students learn and are able to use and develop their creativities. Our aspiration is to encourage and facilitate the exchange of ideas and practices through social interaction (both face to face and on-line discursive events), magazines, a book and a range of open educational and learning resources.
We hope that our exploration of ideas and practices will be of interest and value to our communities and to anyone else who is involved and interested in designing and facilitating learning processes and practices that encourage and support the creativity of others ie teachers and others involved in educational and learning development. The main elements of our strategy are outlined below. They include:
But where the inquiry takes us is very much led by participants and we will do our best to encourage and support you. We will report our progress through a monthly Newsletter which will be published on this web page.
OUR OPEN INVITATION
We believe in collaboration and cooperation and we welcome your involvement and participation in any and all of our activities. We believe in collegiality, openness and sharing and the knowledge we develop will be treated as open learning/ open educational resources. We would also like to connect to your activities so that we can show that our interest and concern is shared by many people working in higher education. The ecology we are creating to explore these ideas is open to new ideas and to people and institutions who want to contribute. We are particularly keen to connect researchers to practitioners so that educational practice can be informed by evidence from research in this area. We are also keen to engage with the enormous range of learning contexts within higher education institutions in which students' are encouraged to use their creativity. If you would like to be involved in any aspect of this programme or share with us your own events and activities, please do get in touch. During the coming year we also aim to provide a professional development service for universities and colleges wishing to develop their teaching and learning practices to provide more opportunity for students' creative development
Norman Jackson & Chrissi Nerantzi (Creativity in Higher Education Project Leaders)
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a) Exploring Creative Ecologies Creative Academic Magazine CAM5 September 2016
b) #creativeHE google+ community https://plus.google.com/communities/110898703741307769041
c ) Nerantzi C (2016) Using Ecological Metaphors to Represent Professional Growth: Our extraordinary ‘Greenhouse’, its creative academic gardeners and the growing of pedagogical ideas. Creative Academic Magazine CAM5 September 2016
d) Nerantzi C (2015) The Pedagogic Innovators #pin National Teaching Fellowship
e) Exploring Learning Ecologies Chalk Mountain Lulu
NEWSLETTER #1 OCTOBER 2016
NEWSLETTER #4 JANUARY 2017
NEWSLETTER #5 FEBRUARY 2017
Project Plan updated 18/02/17
Project Plan updated 18/02/17